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Re: Volcanic Peak, 376' agl, Face 025º, 0.2mi Long

Postby Bob Kuczewski » Tue Nov 21, 2017 12:08 pm

Bill Cummings wrote:Another thing I'm going to try is sticking on 18" battens between the last two tip battens on each wing.
(Wills Wing Hang Gliders! We'll do the flapping so that you don't have to!) -- Old T shirt idea I have.
In all fairness to Wills Wing my glider is a 2004.
I'm using industrial adhesive Velcro to hold Lowes Hardware aluminum that is 1/16" thick by 1/2" by 18" long.
Each time I fold up the glider I'll have to pull apart the battens held on with the Velcro.

A friend of mine found some very thin and very strong carbon fiber rods (maybe 1/8 inch diameter) and he cut a small hole in the trailing edge seam to slide them into the seam. It wasn't a Wills Wing glider, but he felt that it cut down on the flapping without adding much drag. He had to remove them for folding, but it wasn't too difficult to do.

Your mileage may vary!!    ;)
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Re: Volcanic Peak, 376' agl, Face 025º, 0.2mi Long

Postby RobinHastings » Tue Nov 21, 2017 8:19 pm

TUESDAY, NOV. 21, 2017:
This was a good day at Volcanic Peak. Bill Cummings and I left his house in Las Cruces about 10:00 am, and an hour later we were at the launch. Bill's WW Sport 2 and my WW U2-160 were ready to go by noon. However, the winds were not. Forecast was for strong winds throughout the day; they were just little zephyrs at noon. We worked on the launch ramp a bit as we waited. The temperature was about 75 degrees, a lot warmer than our past experience with the site would have indicated - generally, north winds out here signal a cold front coming in. We enjoyed the weather. And patience pays! By 1:00 pm the winds were starting to come in stronger, though crossed from the left, coming from north and northwest. I was suited up and ready by 1:30, standing on the ramp, and at 1:42 pm MST I had a good, straight cycle come in at 15 - 20 mph. I had a good launch and rose up a bit, went right and worked the ridge. With Bill's encouragement I got close enough to the hill to start getting some real ridge lift at last, and in two or three passes I was 100 feet over launch. From then on, it was a cakewalk; the winds were getting stronger and more and more northeasterly, and that lift got me up to 500 feet over launch (about 5000 ft MSL). Bill drove down to our LZ, which takes only 5 to 10 minutes, and was waiting there with the camera for my landing after 23 minutes of airtime. We tied my glider to a bush and headed right back up to the launch - winds in the LZ were north-northeast, 10 to 15 mph, and that looked like a gift we couldn't refuse. At 2:44 pm Bill got his own launch, into 20 mph coming straight in from the northeast. He barely got two steps, as best I could tell, and didn't make a turn as he rose like some holy ascension, higher and higher to a couple of hundred feet over the mountain. I headed right down, and worked on glider disassembly in the LZ while Bill cruised the ridge and, often, just hovered, trying not to get blown back too far. He got to over 500 feet above the launch. When he finally headed out to land it wasn't out of necessity; he could have been up there until sunset. He had to dump altitude to come down to the landing zone, and he made a fine return to Earth at 3:47 pm, for an hour and three minutes - a new site record for Volcanic Peak. We had both gliders on Bill's XTerra by 5:00 pm, just as the sun went under the horizon, and were back at Bill's home at 6:00. Not a bad day at all, especially for a bump only 375 feet high!
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Re: Volcanic Peak, 376' agl, Face 025º, 0.2mi Long

Postby Frank Colver » Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:32 am

Sounds like a very fun flying day for both of you.

Would love to see some photos of the site.

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Re: Volcanic Peak, 376' agl, Face 025º, 0.2mi Long

Postby RobinHastings » Wed Nov 22, 2017 11:36 am

Hi, Frank. We have quite a few photos of the Volcanic Peak site. Just scroll back a few pages. I'm hoping to see some video and photos of our latest expedition there, when Bill can post them.
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Re: Volcanic Peak, 376' agl, Face 025º, 0.2mi Long

Postby Frank Colver » Wed Nov 22, 2017 7:30 pm

Thanks Robin. I went back and through all of the posts, as you suggested, and watched the videos. Yes, plenty of site info in those videos.

Looks like a very nice accessible site with some good open LZ areas. launch looks like it might get into the rocks in a low wind HG launch run?

Diamondback says: "don't leave an open bag lying around on the ground"! :o

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Re: Volcanic Peak, 376' agl, Face 025º, 0.2mi Long

Postby Bill Cummings » Thu Nov 23, 2017 4:23 pm

RobinHastings wrote:TUESDAY, NOV. 21, 2017:
This was a good day at Volcanic Peak. Bill Cummings and I left his house in Las Cruces about 10:00 am, and an hour later we were at the launch. Bill's WW Sport 2 and my WW U2-160 were ready to go by noon. However, the winds were not. Forecast was for strong winds throughout the day; they were just little zephyrs at noon. We worked on the launch ramp a bit as we waited. The temperature was about 75 degrees, a lot warmer than our past experience with the site would have indicated - generally, north winds out here signal a cold front coming in. We enjoyed the weather. And patience pays! By 1:00 pm the winds were starting to come in stronger, though crossed from the left, coming from north and northwest. I was suited up and ready by 1:30, standing on the ramp, and at 1:42 pm MST I had a good, straight cycle come in at 15 - 20 mph. I had a good launch and rose up a bit, went right and worked the ridge. With Bill's encouragement I got close enough to the hill to start getting some real ridge lift at last, and in two or three passes I was 100 feet over launch. From then on, it was a cakewalk; the winds were getting stronger and more and more northeasterly, and that lift got me up to 500 feet over launch (about 5000 ft MSL). Bill drove down to our LZ, which takes only 5 to 10 minutes, and was waiting there with the camera for my landing after 23 minutes of airtime. We tied my glider to a bush and headed right back up to the launch - winds in the LZ were north-northeast, 10 to 15 mph, and that looked like a gift we couldn't refuse. At 2:44 pm Bill got his own launch, into 20 mph coming straight in from the northeast. He barely got two steps, as best I could tell, and didn't make a turn as he rose like some holy ascension, higher and higher to a couple of hundred feet over the mountain. I headed right down, and worked on glider disassembly in the LZ while Bill cruised the ridge and, often, just hovered, trying not to get blown back too far. He got to over 500 feet above the launch. When he finally headed out to land it wasn't out of necessity; he could have been up there until sunset. He had to dump altitude to come down to the landing zone, and he made a fine return to Earth at 3:47 pm, for an hour and three minutes - a new site record for Volcanic Peak. We had both gliders on Bill's XTerra by 5:00 pm, just as the sun went under the horizon, and were back at Bill's home at 6:00. Not a bad day at all, especially for a bump only 375 feet high!
-Robin

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Re: Volcanic Peak, 376' agl, Face 025º, 0.2mi Long

Postby RobinHastings » Thu Nov 23, 2017 5:48 pm

Another great job of video editing, Bill. Why, the casual observer might actually believe that we know what we're doing! Let's see if we can fly at Little Floridas or Dry Canyon, tomorrow or Saturday. Aren't the holidays wonderful? Happy Thanksgiving to you and to Terry!
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